Dr. Jun Li

Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
Office: Violette 219
Phone: 508-999-8692

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Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2012
M.S. in Mathematics & Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, UIUC, 2009
B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China, 2005

Research Interest
Composite materials, hierarchical materials and lightweight structures
Soft and multifunctional materials, flexible and deployable structures
Computational thermo-elasto-plasticity and fracture mechanics
Image-based (CT, MRI) multiscale modeling of biological materials
Continuum thermomechanics and applications in additive manufacturing

Graduate Students

Rojin Ghandriz

I received my B.S. from the Shahid Beheshti University and M.S. with honors from the Sharif University, Iran both in Civil Engineering. I am currently a Ph.D. student in Engineering and Applied Science under supervision of Prof. Li. My research is on computational modeling of fracture behaviors of 3D printed polymers and process/topology optimization for maximizing their fracture resistance. Outside of research, I enjoy playing tennis and cooking.



Osama Aljarrah

I earned my B.S. in Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering from Jordan University of Science and Technology, and an MBA with honors from Yarmouk University, Jordan. I am currently a Ph.D. student in Engineering and Applied Science with a concentration in Industrial and Systems Engineering, co-advised by Prof. Li. My primary research interest is in the area of operations research, mathematical modeling, optimization, and machine learning. In Prof. Li’s group, my research focuses on building efficient and effective data-driven techniques for prediction and optimization of additive manufacturing processes. My favorite hobbies are playing with LEGOs and drawing.


Prosenjit Biswas

I received my B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Khulna University of Engineering and Technology, Bangladesh. Currently I am pursuing my M.S. in Mechanical Engineering at UMass Dartmouth with Prof. Li. My research focuses on modeling process-structure-property relationship in additive manufacturing of polymers with a purpose to predict and optimize the in-service mechanical and fracture performance. In my spare time, I like to travel new places and play cricket.


Jie Hou

I am currently a M.S. student in Mechanical Engineering at UMass Dartmouth. I obtained my B.S. degree in Aerospace Engineering from Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics. In Dr. Li’s research group, my research focuses on machine learning techniques to enable accurate and efficient predictions of finite-element analysis results. Outside of research, I love to meet new friends and travel.



Undergraduate Students


Garret Sampel

I am working towards my B.S. in Mechanical Engineering at UMass Dartmouth. I have experience in STEM fields working with ASME, SME, and US FIRST. I hope to pursue a M.S. in Mechatronics after finishing my current degree. My current research internship is to investigate the optimization of 3D printing tool-paths to minimize thermal residual stresses in printed components, supported by the CMML group under Dr. Jun Li.



Megan Scribner

I am currently pursuing a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering at UMass Dartmouth with plans to pursue an M.S. upon graduating. As a part of Dr. Li’s group, I am researching the use of machine learning as a means of quality control, specifically for 3D printing. Outside of research and my school work, I enjoy cooking and crafting.




Asia Haque (Now M.S. in Physics, UMass Dartmouth)